University of Calgary

Kelly Dean Schwartz

  • Associate Professor

Profile

Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz is Associate Professor in the School and Applied Child Psychology program and Director, U of C Applied Psychological and Educational Services (U-CAPES), an on-campus clinic serving children and families Calgary and area. He has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and an MSc in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary. As a registered psychologist (1993), he began his career with a Calgary school board and worked extensively with children and adolescents who had severe learning and/or social/emotional needs. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Schwartz was on faculty at Ambrose University College for over 12 years where he served as Program Head of Behavioural Science.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Schwartz is active in the fields of child and adolescent development, family and parent-child relationships, and international child development. He has held several national and international grants for his research in positive youth development and psychology of family, and he regularly serves as a reviewer for several notable academic journals. His work has been published articles and chapters in numerous academic and common publications, and he has presented symposia and invited lectures at over 70 national and international conferences.

Current Projects:

  • Youth development in first responder (e.g., fire, police, paramedic) and military-connected famiilies
  • Screen time, child development, and parental monitoring
  • Positive youth development in vulnerable populations (e.g., First Nations, mental disorders)

Education

PhD (Social Psychology)
University of Calgary

MSc (Educational Psychology)
University of Calgary

BA (Hons)
University of Manitoba

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Schwartz has previously served as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (Ottawa) and a Scientific Advisor for Search Institute’s (Minneapolis, MN) Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. He has also served as a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists Hearing Tribunal/Complaint Review Committee, as member and chair of ministry-appointed Alberta Education tribunals, and the Board of Directors for the Psychologists Association of Alberta (2017-2019).  Dr. Schwartz has also served as a director on several local and international non-profit boards and is past Chair of the Board of Directors for HopeShares Canada, a nonprofit registered Canadian charity that operates a community development agency in Bhekulwandle, South Africa, serving children and families in the areas of literacy, health, education, leadership, and spiritual development.

Currently, Dr. Schwartz is a full member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institutes (ACHRI), the Owerko Centre, and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health and Education.  He is also Researcher with the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Publications and Presentations

Recent Publications:

Cramm, H., Norris, D., Schwartz, K. D., Tam-Seto, L., Williams, A., & Mahar, A. (2019). Impact of Canadian Armed Forces Veterans’ mental health problems on the family during military-to-civilian transition. Military Behavioral Health.

Schwartz, K. D. (2018). Review of mental health support for Veteran families: A demographic profile using the 2016 Life After Service Survey (LASS). Veterans Affairs Canada, 1-54.

Schwartz, K. D., Theron, L., & Scales, P. C. (2017). Living out loud: Positive youth development among Zulu youth in South African townships.  Child Development, 88(4), 1079-1086.

Stelnicki, A. M., & Schwartz, K. D. (2016). How military life affects us all: The mental health of military children. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, 2(2), 3-4. doi:10.3138/jmvfh.2.2.002  

Recent Academic Conference Presentations:

Schwartz, K.D., & Stelnicki, A. M. (June, 2019). Resiliency at-risk: Impact of parental OSI on youth resilience and psychological outcomes.  Paper presented at the 80th Annual Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Halifax, NS.

Mueller, M., & Schwartz, K. D. (June, 2019). The impact of screen time on child development outcomes and the role of parents. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Halifax, NS.

Baek, M., & Schwartz, K. D. (June, 2019). Lived experiences of spouses living in first responder families: Trajectories of growth and development. Poster presented at the 80th Annual Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Halifax, NS.

Schwartz, K. D., Norris, D., Cramm, H., Tam-Seto, L., Mahar, A., Eichler, M., Smith-Evans, K., Blackburn, D., Stelnicki, A. M., & Wheeler, B. (November, 2018). The long way home: A qualitative study of Veteran families in military-to-civilian transition. Invited poster symposium presented at the 2018 National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Stelnicki, A. M., & Schwartz, K. D. (November, 2018). Examining the impact of parental mental health in military-connected youth school engagement: Do developmental assets buffer negative effects. Poster presented at the 2018 National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Baek, C. M., & Schwartz, K. D. (October, 2018). The lived experience of first responder families: Risks of stress, mental illness, and familial conflict. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK.

Stelnicki, A. M., & Schwartz, K. D. (October, 2018). Does Canadian Armed Forces service member mental well-being contribute to higher substance use among their partners?  Poster presented at the 9th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK.

Norris, D.,Cramm, H., Schwartz, K. D., Mahar, A., Tam-Seto, L., & Smith-Evans, K. (October, 2018). Military-to-civilian transition: Implications for program and policy development.  Paper presented at the 9th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK.

Stelnicki, A. M., & Schwartz, K. D. (October, 2018). How military life impacts academic indicators for military-connected children. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK.

Stelnicki, A. M., & Schwartz, K. D. (October, 2018). Examining the relationship between parent mental health and children’s academic performance in Canadian military families. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK.

Schwartz, K. D., Theron, L., & Scales, P. (September, 2018). Context matters: Exploring developmental assets that predict thriving and risk in Zulu youth. Paper presented at the 2018 European Adolescent Research Association (EARA) Conference, Ghent, BE.

Schwartz, K. D., Stelnicki, A. M., & Wheeler, B. (September, 2018). Military strong: Youth developmental assets and resilience in military-connected families. Poster presented at the 2018 European Adolescent Research Association (EARA) Conference, Ghent, BE.

Van Bavel, M., Schwartz, K.D., & Fellner, K. (September, 2018). Creative spaces: Creating a space for the promotion and wellness of Indigenous student. Poster presented at the Psychological Association of Alberta Conference, Calgary, AB.

Schwartz, K. D., Norris, D., & Cramm, H. (June, 2018). Military strong: Canadian Armed Forces families, Veterans with mental health problems, and military-to-civilian transition. Paper presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, QC.

Van Bavel, M., Schwartz, K. D., & Fellner, K. (June, 2018).Creating spaces for wellness: Indigenous students health and wellness through art. Poster presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, QC.

Warren, K., & Schwartz, K. D. (June, 2018). The relationship between playtime activities, executive functioning, and sleep in preschool children.  Poster presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, QC.

Van Bavel, M., & Schwartz, K. D. (February, 2018).Exploring the protective factors that promote thriving in Aboriginal adolescents. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychology (NASP), Chicago, IL.

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